Sennheiser RS 170 - Review

3 years ago

Sennheiser RS170 Headphones

I've owned these guys for 6 months. The combination of audiophile quality sound and the freedom of a wireless system have me wondering why I had not bought these any sooner.

Not originally being in the market, I ordered a pair of these based on the sheer wow-factor surrounding Sennheiser's ad campaign. Ironically while shipping, my previous pair of Sennheiser HD 212Pros catastrophically broke. The left headphone wire split loose from the grip, just below the adaptor pin. I had the older headphones for around 6 years and they decided to break as my new ones were only hours from my front porch—good headphones, good.

Technically, they're awesome. Just have a look at their specifications. Their fully rechargable Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries provide the headphones with enough juice to last 24 hours. They have an impressive frequency response of 18 Hz to 21 kHz. This means that you can hear every part of the audible spectrum and then some. Many lower frequencies within this range are inaudible, so you can only feel the effects. The wireless range isn't bad on these either. Up to 260 feet from the receiver is plenty as long as you don't run away.

One major drawback: portability. I knew when I ordered them, that the charging base was going to involve some sort of limitation. But somehow the idea of the charging base becoming a stationary appliance was never considered. In order to use the headphones on another device, you either need to have the devices close enough to reach with the audio cable or completely unplug and move the base to the other device. That said, there's still very little compromise. I bought these for my workstation which often seconds as an entertainment center. So they have quite a few different uses from a single location.

Audio Quality: 10

Comfort: 10

Compatibility: 10

Durability: 9

Value: 10

Overall: 9.8 out of 10

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Posted by Matthew Morris


Ubuntu Invasion

6 years ago

Ubuntu Logo

When most, normal people think of computers, they think of problems, blue screens and wasted time. This is likely the reason most people make the switch from Windows to Mac. For the last 5 years, I have used a different operating system: Ubuntu Linux. All the way back from the first release Warty Warthog, I loved the different look and feel of the Linux distribution. After exploring different software and features, I realized how powerful Ubuntu really was. When the newer distribution alphas and betas came out, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new designs and latest technology. When it comes to new releases for Windows and Mac like 7 and Snow Leopard, there are little to no changes made to the user interface design. No real, tangible features. Yes, maybe optimized background processes and a new button here or there but when it comes to new features and customization ability, Ubuntu has had the most groundbreaking updates to date. Of course, with every good thing, there are going to be spin-offs and in Ubuntu's case, there are plenty of imitators. I have tried many of these Ubuntu imitators such as Mint, Manhattan and Sabayon. The biggest problem with them is that they improve on one area but neglect others; Such as driver support, which can deter most people.

So if I was so happy with Windows, why did I ever leave my comfort zone in the first place? Truth is, I never left Windows. I have been dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows since Ubuntu came out. The reason I added a Linux-based operating system to my arsenal is because--like everybody else-I often have problems with Windows such as viruses where I become locked out or restricted access to files. Having Ubuntu separate of Windows gave me a place to go where I could access all those files and possibly repair the issue. Since these problems rarely happen anymore, I still keep Ubuntu around to fix family and friends' computers with such problems. I have found that Ubuntu is also a great data-recovery resource. About a year ago, my laptop's hard drive failed, mid-sentence (literally). So I removed the hard drive and plugged it into my Ubuntu Desktop and recovered the paper I was typing and all my important files successfully!

In general, Ubuntu would be great for someone looking for a good internet, email and text editing system. After all, that's all most people want out of a system. More than anything, people want a system that's reliable. A major plus for Ubuntu is its cost: free. All I have to say to the big operating systems is, watch out.


Posted by Matthew Morris


Solaris 10

7 years ago

Solaris Log In Screen

Right off the bat, the install process was difficult. This may have been because I wasn't prepared. I wasn't prepared in that I didn't have a UFS-partitioned filesystem larger than 16 GBs readily available. At this point, I was half-way through the lengthy process and had to restart back into Windows to make the appropriate partitions. This is when I decided to just install and run Solaris on a virtual machine, atop of Windows. Ironically, Sun Microsystems makes a virtualization manager for Windows called VirtualBox! After setting up VirtualBox correctly, the rest of the process was long, but not overly difficult. After giving my name, keyboard configuration and distance from GMT about six times, it started up! I also found out that I had environmental options. The Java Environment--Custom Desktop Environment (CDE), is basically like a Linux distro. What is nice about the OS is that it supports most modern file types such as: iso, png, doc, docx, pdf, etc. But really, this operating system is not for everyone, as you can tell by the install process, it is not easy; neither is finding all your drivers that support your keyboard, mouse, display and speakers.

So far in my search for the best OS, Windows still tops them all. Macintosh comes in second and Ubuntu (Linux), a close third.


Posted by Matthew Morris